Powerline Fire Burns 2600 Acres | Big Horn Basin Media

Powerline Fire Burns 2600 Acres

Written by on August 14, 2018

The heavy smoke in the air isn’t just from California anymore.
The Powerline fire, located in Oregon Basin seven miles southeast of Cody, was initially reported at 6 pm Sunday, and as of yesterday afternoon had burned over 2600 acres. Kristie Salzmann with the Shoshone National Forest, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, is the public information officer for the “Powerline” fire, and was the person who first called in the fire Sunday evening.
She says that the fire was likely caused by lightning, but an investigator has been called to the scene.

Salzmann says that as of yesterday afternoon, there are two single engine air tankers and one air attack plane battling the blaze, along with seven engines and crews on site. She says the crews are from the BLM, the Forest Service, and Park County.
However, Salzmann cautions residents that although there are no restrictions in place right now, conditions are favorable for igniting wildfires.

Salzmann says that fire managers expected to gain some measure of containment by yesterday evening.

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